5 Must Have Items for Homecarers this Winter
Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 | Blog
It's the time of the year when we all need to be a little more careful when travelling. As the nights get darker and the days get colder, we are more likely to see unsafe driving and travelling conditions. Those working in healthcare brave poor weather conditions in order to provide individuals with vital care and support, but this doesn’t mean they can’t take extra precautions to ensure their mobility, and more importantly, their safety.
We value the safety of all healthcare professionals and wish them the best as we head into the winter months. In the spirit of helping our nation’s carers, here are 5 items that all homecarers should during the winter.
The UK has experienced some heavy snowfall in recent years and as a result a number of critical services have had a difficult time operating under the increased pressure and difficulty of travel. Snow shovels, while not able to solve the problem of a snowstorm, can certainly help clear a driveway or aid a car that has become stuck. Foldable snow shovels are available from a number of online retailers and local shops, and you don’t have to break the bank.
2. Water and long-life snacks
In the worst-case scenario, it is always a good idea to have some emergency provisions in the car should you, or the individuals you are caring for, not have access to any. Bottled water is an essential item in the winter. It can help clear frozen windscreens and provide customers with a source of water should their pipes freeze in the cold weather.
Long-life snacks are also a great way of ensuring there is emergency provisions should someone ever end up stuck. Here are a few great emergency snacks that won’t perish anytime soon:
- Protein bars
- Nuts and seeds
- Cereal bars
- Dried fruits
3. Emergency Car Kit
Emergency car kits tend to come in all shapes and sizes, but having one that covers the basics will certainly help in unsavoury weather conditions. When shopping for an emergency kit, you’ll ideally find one that includes the likes of a torch, a high-visibility jacket, a foil jacket wrap and some jumper cables. In a pinch, these items will ensure you are visible and may even help get your car started again with a little help from a stranger.
Mobile phones are an important item for homecarers. It’s an item that ensures there is always a line of communication between the office and those out on call, but running out of battery will severely limit a carers ability to communicate. A powerbank ensures that homecarers always have a backup charging point for their mobile phones, and that they can always stay in contact with care coordinators, managers or their loved ones.
5. Winter Clothes
It may sound obvious, but wearing the right clothes during the winter can really make a huge difference. Little things like having a spare pair of gloves or a coat in the boot of the car. Can really help if you need to remain warm. Should the weather really take a turn for the worse, the addition of suitable footwear will stop feet getting both cold and wet.
As important as it is to support and care for our customers, it’s also vital that carers look after themselves when they are out delivering care. As the weather turns colder and we start seeing more severe weather, it really helps to be extra prepared.
Are there any items you always keep in your car just in case? If there are, please let us know in the comments below.